Can Suds hand Troye perfect parting gift?

INJURY DOUBT: Winger or fly-half Shaun Smith, pictured in action against Cantabrigian last season, will have to undergo a late fitness test on his hamstring
INJURY DOUBT: Winger or fly-half Shaun Smith, pictured in action against Cantabrigian last season, will have to undergo a late fitness test on his hamstring
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Everyone connected with Sudbury will be desperate to see centre Troye Streicher end his spell at the club with a win on Saturday.

The 21-year-old’s visa expires following this weekend, with the former Natal Sharks Academy graduate set to play his last game for Suds before returning to South Africa.

But director of rugby Graham Richards, who first coached him at St Joseph’s College, hopes he can depart with a unique leaving present from the club.

Victory against Cambridge outfit Cantabrigians at Whittome Field on Saturday (2.30pm) would seal a 100 per cent record after nine games in a Sudbury shirt for Streicher, as well as giving the south Suffolk side two more wins than their opponents at the top of London Three North East.

Ahead of the mouth-watering top-two clash, Richards said: “Troye will play his last game on Saturday and we all hope he leaves with a win as he has not lost a game in a Sudbury shirt so far.”

A bumper crowd is expected to descend on Great Cornard for the fixture, with 80 guaranteed after being pre-booked into lunch, while a winter beer is another enticement, aside from the prospective of an intense 80 minutes of top rugby.

And it will not just be those off the field looking forward to the action getting under way at 2.30pm— changed from 3pm this week.

“The players are excited and looking forward to it, as you would expect,” said Richards, who regards Cantabs’ forwards to be the strongest pack in the league. “We will be hoping the weather holds off though.”

As well as the prospect of a muddy pitch, injuries in the home side could also be said to hand Cantabrigian an advantage.

Flying winger Shaun Smith, who Richards admitted he started on the bench to protect him for the visit of the second-placed side, had a recurrence of a hamstring problem after coming on to score twice in the first half in a 32-12 win at Wanstead at the weekend.

Along with full-back Toby White (also hamstring) he is rated as having ‘no more than a 50 per cent chance’ of making the game.

But former joint head-coach Scott Harris (back) should make the XV after the elder statesman played his first Sudbury game in 
more than two years on Saturday.

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